Posted: June 6th, 2017

Sublingual nitroglycerin tablets begin to work within 1 to 2 minutes. How should the nurse instruct the client to use the drug when chest pain occurs?

Sublingual nitroglycerin tablets begin to work within 1 to 2 minutes. How should the nurse instruct the client to use the drug when chest pain occurs?

1. Take one (1) tablet every two (2) to five (5) minutes until the pain stops.
2. Take one (1) tablet and rest for ten (10) minutes. Call the physician if pain persists after ten (10) minutes.

3. Take one (1) tablet, then an additional tablet every 5 minutes for a total of three (3) tablets. Call the physician if pain persists after three (3) tablets.

4. Take one (1) tablet. If pain persists after five (5) minutes, take two (2) tablets. If pain persists five (5) minutes later, call the physician.

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